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Title: Night time nudges – changing the night-duty environment to support nurses to make healthier dietary choices.
Author: Falconer, Kate
Clapham, Renee
Wong Shee, Anna
Noble, Kia
Scott, Emily
Abraham, Lois
McKinnon, Sarah
Issue Date: 2018
Conference Name: Ballarat Health Services 2018 Annual Research Symposium: research partnerships for population, people and patients; celebrating our research partnerships with the community in the Grampians region
Conference Date: November 29th
Conference Place: Ballarat
Abstract: Background Shift workers are more likely to be obese and have diet-related chronic health conditions compared to people who work business hours. Some of the factors of shift work that influence a person’s food and drink choices include unpredictable meal breaks, limited access to healthier options, and using sugary foods and drinks to keep alert. Few organizations have worked with employees to change the environment and there is little evidence about the success of these environmental changes. Objectives/Aims This study (start 2019) will improve the food and drink choices for nursing staff working night shift at BHS’ acute and subacute campuses by: (1) understanding the current dietary environment and people’s motivations in dietary choices; and (2) Co-designing a healthy choices “nudge” intervention to change the environment to support nurses make healthier dietary choices at work. Method The study will run over two phases. Phase 1 explores the dietary environment and the factors influencing food and drink choices for nurses working night shift. Then nursing staff and other stakeholders will develop a healthy choices behavioural “nudge” intervention. Phase 2 implements and evaluates the intervention. Results This study will engage with nursing staff, industry partner and health service management to co-design a healthy choices behavioural “nudge” intervention and generate new evidence on environmental changes to promote healthier dietary choices in the hospital workplace. Implications/Outcomes for Planned Research Project This study will provide essential regional leadership in supporting the health workforce make healthier dietary choices and is scalable to other rural and regional health services. Final Thoughts Health services can play a role in supporting people make healthier food and drink choices when at work by creating a food and drink environment that supports people make healthier choices. This study has potential to increase the wellbeing of nursing staff working night duty at BHS.
Internal ID Number: 01285
Health Subject: OBESITY
Type: Conference
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